Cliff Whitcomb

Will Act as Primary Academic Facilitator for SDM-UTC Certificate Program

February 6, 2002

Dr. Cliff Whitcomb recently joined LFM-SDM as Learning Director for the SDM-UTC Systems Engineering Certificate Program.

"I am enthusiastic about being part of the LFM-SDM team," said Cliff. "The opportunity to be at the forefront of developing education in systems engineering is particularly exciting, as this field is just now coming into its own as a discipline. I am especially looking forward to working in distance education, since this is also an area with potential for tremendous growth."

According to Cliff, the UTC-MIT Systems Integration Certificate Program’s goal is to develop a systems engineering competency across all UTC business units. The endeavor includes a certificate program offered at a distance as well as non-credit workshops, seminars, and web-based training targeted at every level of the organization.

Cliff’s role entails multi-dimensional responsibilities. He is engaged in defining appropriate curriculum, activities, speakers, and courses for target audiences, as well as in working with MIT schools, programs, and centers to coordinate faculty and other resources. He is also designing and executing key activities in workshops located both at MIT and at UTC, and serving as MIT’s registration contact for students and administrators at UTC Learning and Development. In addition, he will serve as the program’s primary academic facilitator.

Cliff is a member of the board of directors for the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) representing Region IV. He has most recently been a research scientist and an associate professor in the Ocean Engineering department at MIT. He teaches and performs research in the areas of systems engineering, multidisciplinary design optimization, and multiple criteria decision making as they apply to new product development and ship design. He is currently conducting research in multiple criteria decision support methods, developing systems engineering frameworks for new product developments for advanced naval combatant ships for the U.S. Navy’s Office of Naval Research (ONR).